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Northern Ireland's political leaders unite to oppose liberal abortion

21 May 2008

The leaders of the four main political parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly have signed a letter to all Westminster MPs urging them to vote against any measure which would extend British abortion law to their part of the UK. The signatories are Mr Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin, Mr Mark Durkan, SDLP, Sir Reg Empey, UUP, and Dr Ian Paisley, DUP. Liam Gibson of SPUC Northern Ireland writes: "It would be difficult to overestimate the significance of the letter from the leaders of Northern Ireland's major political parties. A joint statement of this kind, signed by all four of them, is unprecedented. Together they represent 90% of the members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, which demonstrates the level of determination in the Province to resist threats to extend the Abortion Act. Although Parliament has the political power to impose the Act, the moral authority clearly rests with the Assembly. The party leaders are asking MPs to respect that." [SPUC director's blog, 19 May] Northern Ireland Christian leaders are resisting the bill. Heads of the Anglican, Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian churches have written to MPs asking that the Northern Ireland Assembly should decide on the matter of abortion there. [Irish Times, 17 May]

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